MOBIL AND RHODESIA
by Bernard Rivers, Corporate Information Center
New York, New York, United States
Corporate Information Center, National Council of Churches
This document is based on testimony before the United Nations Sanctions Committee in July 1977 by Bernard Rivers, who has been researching oil sales to Rhodesia by five major oil companies (Mobil, Caltex, Total, Shell, and BP) via sales through intermediaries from their South African subsidiaries in violation of United Nations economic sanctions. Rivers summarizes evidence obtained from secret documents from Mobil’s South African and Rhodesian subsidiaries that were the basis of "The Oil Conspiracy" published in June 1976. The pamphlet discusses developments since the 1976 report, including law suits against the companies by the British-based Lonrho corporation and government of Zambia as well as a British government official inquiry. Rivers argues that the oil embargo should be extended to South Africa if South Africa continues to supply oil to Rhodesia.
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (successor to the Corporate Information Center).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root